NHS member appointment
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon, today announced the appointment of six new Members to Lothian NHS Board.
The new members are:
Jeremy Brettell – Chartered Director with the Institute of Directors and Chartered Associate of the Institute of Financial Services, he holds an MBA, has attained the Institute of Directors Diploma in Company Direction and holds a number of professional qualifications relating to Governance and Strategy. Jeremy brings business experience at senior level across Boards in the UK and Europe, most recently Chief Executive of a leading investment manager. Jeremy also brings a range of skills, including alignment of strategy and performance with risk management and governance, together with a strong background in financial control. Jeremy works with the Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland and also Mentoring Scotland, where he provides voluntary business advice and mentoring to
new and start up businesses. He is also a member of the Audit committee for UnLtd, the leading UK Social Enterprise charity.
Michael Ash – has worked in a range of public services at senior level over the past 40 years. He has established a successful small business and was deputy leader of a county council for four years. Mike has also been a member of a Police Authority. He has extensive experience in the NHS, having been a non-executive director of a mental health & learning disabilities trust for 11 years, 9 of those as vice chairman. He has particular expertise in governance systems and was chair of Risk Management committees in both police and heath boards. Currently he is a member of the Accounts Commission for Scotland giving him an oversight of all of the public sector in Scotland. In particular current work involves examining many of the issues involved in partnership working between health and local authority organisations.
Kay Blair – a former business journalist, who began her career with the Financial Times in London, Kay now runs her own marketing and communications consultancy. She is also Chair of the Scottish Housing Regulator and Vice Chair of the Financial Services Authority’s Consumer Panel. Kay brings significant experience of the NHS in Scotland, having served as a non-executive director on several health boards. Currently, she is a non-executive member of NHS24 where she chairs the Audit Committee. She is also an Honorary Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
Robert Wilson - began his career as a graduate management trainee in the NHS in Scotland following an MA at the University of Edinburgh. A Fellow of the Institute of Healthcare Management, Robert spent several years in various hospital and community health management roles in Lothian before moving to a private sector information solutions provider and then management consultancy. During his 24 years with Deloitte, 14 as a partner, Robert completed an MBA and worked across the public and private sectors. Robert brings experience of strategic and business planning, large scale organisation transformation and development, and operational and programme management, allied to a detailed understanding of the NHS and healthcare. He also brings an understanding of the wider challenges facing the public sector in Scotland from his experience as one of the Independent Budget Review (2010) panel members.
Alison Mitchell – brings to the board experience from working in Human Resources at senior and board level for over 20 years and extensive UK and international experience across both private and public sectors including the NHS. Alison is also an experienced management consultant, specialising in change management, strategy planning, organisational development, facilitation and executive coaching. Alison is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CFCIPD).
Graeme Warner – brings to the board 20 years experience as a solicitor in private practice in Edinburgh and more recently as a Sherriff in Aberdeen. Graeme also brings to the board experience of working on boards as a member; he has been a member of the Children’s Panel and a member of the Parole Board.
The appointments for Jeremy Brettell and Michael Ash will be for four years and will run from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2016. The appointment for Graeme Warner will be for three years and will run from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015. The appointment for Kay Blair will be for three years and will run from November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2015. The appointments for Robert Wilson and Alison Mitchell will be for two years and will run from August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2014.
These posts are part-time and attracts a remuneration of £8,008 for a time commitment of eight hours per week.
Jeremy Brettell is a Member of Accountancy in Bankruptcy for which he receives a remuneration of £5,000 to £6,000 per annum. Michael Ash is a Member of the Accounts Commission for which he receives a remuneration of £6216 per annum. Kay Blair is Chair of Scottish Housing Regulator for which she receives a remuneration of £20,072 per annum and also a Member of NHS24 for which she receives a remuneration of £8,008 per annum. Robert Wilson is a non executive member of NHS National Services Scotland for which he receives a remuneration of £8,008 per annum. Alison Mitchell and Graeme Warner do not hold any other ministerial appointments.
The NHS is one of our nation’s biggest and most important public services. Each day thousands of Scots depend on it for treatment and care. Each day it saves hundreds of lives. More than 135,000 dedicated and skilled staff work for the Boards of the NHS in Scotland, which are together the nation’s biggest employer. NHS Lothian is responsible for meeting the health needs of the second largest residential population in Scotland - around 800,000 people living in and around Edinburgh.
These appointments are regulated by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. None of the new members have had political activity in the last five years.